If Borders Are Safe, Prosperity Will Follow: LG

J&K has started Development ‘Utsav’ in bordering villages; our aim is to provide maximum resources to the bordering villages: LG

SAMBA- Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha Tuesday visited the border areas of Samba district and reviewed the developmental scenario, besides interacting with the brave BSF Jawans at the Chamliyal BoP.

The LG also paid obeisance at the revered shrine of Baba Chamliyal near international border, where he prayed for the peace, prosperity and the well being of the people of J&K.

At the BSF Border outpost, the LG observed the International border and interacted with Jawans of BSF and lauded their commitment and devotion to the duty.

He remarked that if borders are safe, prosperity will follow in all the areas.

Later, addressing the gathering of local people and PRI representatives, the LG observed that the J&K Administration is committed to ensure that the border villages have best infrastructure at par with developed towns.

“J&K has started development ‘Utsav’ in bordering villages. Our aim is to provide maximum resources to the bordering villages”, he added.

The Lt Governor also launched “Panchayat Darpan” App, first web portal in J&K UT designed and created by NIC samba, which provides information regarding Panchayats’ profiles, department wise Schemes, Social Security schemes, panchayat wise data on development works, grievances, financial achievements, auditing, and other aspects of various line departments.

Interacting with PRI representatives and public of border area, LG took first hand appraisal of the impact of different government schemes and welfare measures.

In order to give impetus to establishing good governance and accentuating development in border areas of UT, a separate provision will be kept in the UT budget for Border Area Development, the Lt Governor announced.

While addressing the gathering, the Lt Governor said that under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister, the UT government is tirelessly working to ensure that benefits of social security and welfare schemes percolate to every citizen.

Recalling the directions issued during LG Mulaqat program last year, the Lt Governor informed that the villages adjoining to the international border are given the benefit of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act 2005, which they were not getting earlier.

He added that taking cognizance of the issue of inclusion of villages adjoining the international border for benefits under J&K Reservation Act 2005, we decided to implement 3% reservation in 174 of those villages, this year.

LG observed that specific thrust is being laid to extend all possible benefits to the border population, besides continuously upgrading the health, education, electricity, and water supply infrastructure in the border areas.

“It is our primary responsibility to provide good roads, electricity, water, school facilities, employment to youth, job opportunities to the border villages and we are committed to it, ” he added.

LG also informed that the pious land of Baba Dilip Singh Ji, Chamliyal, has recently been included in the Tourist Village Network by Mission Youth, placing it on the tourism map of the country. He observed that the step will bring comprehensive Development and new employment opportunities for the youth.

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